Skip to content
Back to results

The Reburial of Richard of York

On December 30, 1460 Richard of York died in battle. His son, Edward IV, took the throne soon after. Several years into his reign, Edward IV had his father’s remains reburied. It is known that the event, full of ceremonies and processions, was an important political move. The court Edward IV had around him at the time was full of tension, mostly due to his unpopular marriage. The shaky political ground at the time put much into question. Edward IV took the throne from Henry VI. From the beginning, Edward’s legitimacy as king was in question. He did what he could to codify the idea of his reign. This event was a political move to show the people his right to be king. His end goal was to make his father into a king in his death. Edward IV gave his father such an elaborate funeral possession it could be seen as one of the greatest events of his reign. He and his affinity said Henry VI was a usurper, Richard of York was the rightful king therefore Edward was the rightful heir, as opposed to Edward of Westminster. Giving the man a funeral and burial fit for a king would help the people to believe it as well.

After viewing this presentation, please email if you have any questions for the student(s) or would like to provide feedback on this presentation. Please include your contact information which will be provided to the student who will then contact you directly.


Deanna Blake Michie


Keith snedegar, Kate McPherson


Deanna Blake Michie

Type: Poster
Discipline: Humanities
Institution: Utah Valley University

Contact Us

Business Hours

Monday–Friday (except holidays)
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. mountain time
Closed Tuesdays 10:45 a.m. to noon for university devotionals


Street Address

Brigham Young University
Office of the Associate Academic Vice President, Research
A-376 ASB
Provo, UT 84602